image captionThe Scotsman says scientists have warned the Delta variant of Covid-19 may lead to a higher risk of serious illness than previous strains as Scotland records its highest number of daily infections since February.
image captionFirst Minister Nicola Sturgeon has warned that Scotland’s Covid restrictions and a return to normality are all “subject to change” because of the spread of the variant that first emerged in India, reports the i.
image captionThe Daily Express says the first minister may be forced to “slam on the exit brakes” after the “steep rise” in Covid cases that reached a three-month high on Friday.
image captionThe Daily Mail says that Scotland is taking another “major step” back to normality on Saturday as Glasgow moves into level two, but the paper also warns of fears of a “looming third wave” of Covid.
image captionThe roll-out of second doses of the Covid vaccine will be sped up with the gap between jabs reduced to eight weeks in an effort to lift restrictions, reports The Daily Telegraph.
image caption“Cheers for fears” is the headline on the front page of The Sun, as Glasgow pubs reopen but Ms Sturgeon also warns that Scotland is at a “critical” Covid crossroads with cases rising.
image captionThe Times says the first minister has said she is “optimistic” that Scotland remains on course to “shake off” most of its pandemic controls by the end of the month, despite logging the highest number of daily cases in several months.
image captionThe Herald says pupils face being reported as “radicalised” if they are heard criticising public health advice around Covid-19, with the “slating” of health messages to be judged the same as anti-Semitic conspiracies.
image captionUnions are fighting against a bid by the BBC in London to take control of studios at BBC Scotland’s headquarters in Pacific Quay, according to The National.
image captionThe Daily Record says a machete attack in an Edinburgh retail park which left a 31-year-old man in a critical condition is being linked to “gang war”.
image captionScots are being urged to take shorter showers and leave hoses alone amid fears that staycations will lead to water shortages over the summer, reports the Daily Star.
image captionThe Glasgow Times says communities in Pollokshields are rallying to support those affected by a fatal blaze in a flat this week.
image captionPrayers are being offered to the families of a boy and two girls who were hit by a car on the A82 near Inverness, leaving two of the children in a critical condition and the other with serious injuries, reports The Press and Journal.
image captionThe Courier leads with a story of a man who drowned his pet dog in the bath and then sent a picture of the body to his former partner.
image captionThe Evening Express says a stalker who contacted assisted suicide clinic Dignitas to report that her victim needed end-of-life care has appeared in court.
image captionA semi-naked teenager attacked a young girl and bit through a police officer’s boot, reports the Weekend Telegraph.
image captionThe Edinburgh Evening News says a “heartbroken” community is rallying around a family after a new father was electrocuted at work.

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